Female TV Characters to Motivate Your Career

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Finding motivation in your professional life isn’t always easy. Ultimately, there are days where you probably feel as if you couldn’t achieve anything positive. Indeed, being a woman in a busy workplace is hard work. You need not only to prove others that you are as good as you say but you also have to constantly remind yourself that you can be the employee you want to be, that you are the right candidate for the job. A lot of women suffer from impostor syndrome in the workplace. Do you know that feeling when you think you’re failing and everyone is going to notice that you’re not good enough for the job? That’s impostor syndrome. But, sometimes, finding inspiration in your favorite TV shows can benefit your self-esteem! Check out these awesome female TV characters who take inspiring fiction to a new level; they’re great career motivators!

Don’t Take any Limit for Granted

In the 21st century, being a professional woman in an office is widely acceptable. Nevertheless, there are still obstacles and stereotypes to overcome on your way to the top. That’s precisely why it’s so important to challenge yourself to advance your skills and prove everyone you are just as qualified – if not more – than a male counterpart.

But if you need a motivational role model, take a look at these brilliant female TV characters.

Inspiring Fiction: Cuddy in House M.D.

Doctor Lisa Cuddy is a pillar character of House M.D. Facing the troubled and irreverent doctor House, Cuddy needs to run the hospital and ensure that patients are looked after. She displays throughout the series a high sense of duty, care, and attention to her team. She knows when to use her authority to achieve her goals, but similarly, she also knows when to look after the friends around her.

By the way, if you’re interested in Cuddy’s job, you’ll want to focus on your healthcare studies. If the question Should I get a Healthcare Administration Degree online? pops into your head, you would be wise to investigate this option. Healthcare administration is what Cuddy does, and an online degree can help you to manage your day-to-day job at the same time.

Thirteenth Doctor: Different Gender, Same Character

The Thirteenth Doctor, played by Jodie Whittaker, made her debut very recently on TV. For the first time, the mysterious Doctor is played by a woman. But you’ll find that Jodie doesn’t make much of her gender for the role. She plays a Doctor who’s aware of her gender but who doesn’t see how it can affect her behavior or impact in the world.

Chloe Decker in Lucifer: Stay True to Who You Are

If you enjoy Lucifer with Tom Ellis, you’ve probably fallen under the charm of Detective Chloe Decker. Chloe is a single mother who’s compassionate, caring and strong-willed. She doesn’t make friends everywhere, but her sense of honesty and sincerity gets the best of most people. She knows her priorities in life are her family and friends. And she shows you can be a mom, woman, and successful detective all at the same time.

Everyone needs an inspirational role model to succeed. When you can binge-watch your favorite character and find the motivation to get better at your job, you can safely say that your evenings at home energize you for what’s ahead. You’ll soon be ready to tackle new challenges!

Who are some other female characters in inspiring fiction? Are you familiar with any of the 3 female TV characters above?

20 COMMENTS

  1. I love this post, Christy! I’ve always been a big fan of strong female fictional characters; there’s really a lot of heroic ladies out there to inspire us.
    My all-time favorites include forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan from Bones, based on the book series by Cathy Reichs, Ziva David the naval investigative agent from NCIS, and NYPD Detective Kate Beckett from Castle.
    All of these women are strong, authoritative characters succeeding in predominately male careers.

    • OMG I am a big Bones fan – your pointing out the lead female in that series makes me smile 🙂 I love how that character’s intellect is what’s sexiest about her. Great examples you give in your comment, Amy!!

  2. I’m showing my age as a Baby Boomer but for me just seeing any Black Women on TV in the 1960s who were not maids or servants was a big deal. When Leslie Uggams appeared on the Mitch Miller TV show we all ran to the TV and switched to that channel. Diahann Carroll who played a nurse on her own TV show Julia. The TV Show Julia was the first TV show to star a Black Woman in a non-stereotypical role. Nichelle Nichols of Star Trek famed who was also one of the first Black Women to also play a role that was not a servant.

    Despite these advances the U.S.A. including white women still see Black Women as maids, nannies, and servants. Feminism has yet to see past racism, discrimination and bigotry. All stereotypes which I have been mistaken for on a regular basis during my ten years as a museum security officer. White males tended to see me as either a sex slave (one white male exact words) or a drug dealer. Despite the fact that I’m a U.S. Army Veteran, November 1977 to November 1981 and a College graduate with Honors.

    • Nichelle Nichols’ role was absolutely a big advancement. And I’m glad that that race isn’t as much of a barrier in the TV world as it once was, which is so wrong then and now! I know racism still exists and that makes me sad. Nichelle is awesome. As are you.

      • Thanks. Now since there are successful African American TV writers like Shonda Rimes and the Blockbuster success of the Black Panther more barriers should come down. As far as racism goes the same can be said for Leading Asian, Hispanic and Native American Women TV & Movie characters. Next too none except for those stupid stereotypes that have been going on for over a century. Everyone no matter what race, color, religion, faith, ethnic group should be represented. Here we are in the 21st Century still with Firsts. That says it all right there.

        • Oh I know what you mean! I’ll love when there’s no “first woman to…” as I focus on gender equality. When there’s no need to have female initiatives then I’ll know we’ve made it. Sadly it probable won’t happen in my lifetime.

  3. Thanks for sharing Christy.. Can’t say I know any of these.. but then we don’t get the same TV here in the UK.. Though we do get a lot of USA series, but I am afraid I am not a great TV watcher.. 🙂 Though I did enjoy ‘Friends’
    So for the life of me I can’t really think of any off the top of my head.. <3
    Hope you are enjoying your week..
    Sending love..
    Sue <3

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